Monday, November 16, 2015

end of year celebration and campover 2015

This year will be a repeat of the one organized for 2013.

Here are the details

A day walk on Saturday 5th December 2015 culminating with an evening campfire dinner
and overnight camping

The Walk:
This will be a very special walk to visit an important cultural art site which was discovered
by Stuart Murray. It will involve a reasonable amount of scrub interspersed with pleasant
tracks. Two creeks will be crossed and both provide an opportunity for a refreshing dip. Long
trousers or shorts and gaiters plus gloves will be the order of the day. There will be no rush.
We will have plenty of time. Distance is approximately 10km return. It will be an 8.30 a.m.
start at the gate to the 10H fire trail aprox 5.3 km along Darkes Forest Road on the left. On
our return we will drive a short distance to our private camp site and start setting up for the
evening get-together. Appin Map 1:25,000. Grade 4.
The Evening:
The owner of Glenbernie Orchard at Darkes Forest, Glen Fay, has kindly offered us the
use of a secluded open grassy space tucked amongst the fruit trees.

Getting There:
Drive 3.5 km along Darkes Forest Road from the old Highway, past the Community Hall and
Rural Fire Service buildings, until you notice an old derelict timber cottage, minus its
weatherboards, standing alone in a paddock and close to the road on the left side. Turn right
opposite, into a gated entrance of the orchard. You will see the venue straight ahead. Weather
permitting, we will have a campfire plus a cooking fire. Bring your own fireside furniture.

The Club will provide a variety of meats, onion and crusty rolls. Please bring your own
special side dish [salad OR dessert] to share as well as some nibbles. Please bring your own
Those staying the night will be treated to a large grassed area suitable for getting that perfect
pitch. There are no gates so people can come and go as they please.

The orchard shop (called “The Apple Shack”) offers a wide variety of fruit, honey, jam,
apple cider and other tempting locally produced goodies. Arrive before 5 p.m. and spend up
big as a thank you to the generosity of Glen Fay.

 Please RSVP if attending


It turned out to be a very sunny hot day, in fact we had to be alert as to whether a fire ban would be happening, but the previous day coolness helped, and this day there was not much wind.  
24 people attended the evening, 17  camping.
There was a gas BBQ where a selection of meats were cooked supplied by the club, thanks to others supplied  nibbles,salads and deserts, and of course camp oven baked potatoes - yum.

The morning had the sounds of the occasional planes passing on their way to landing at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. 
After a bit of a lazy awake, we gathered for some morning tea.
Glen was eyeing the port-a-loo we hired and jokedly amused we could leave it....his pickers loose time taking the stroll back to where the toilets are for their breaks.
We were on our way of leaving just when the fruit picking tour arrived at 9:30am.

lunch spot on the day's walk

and a excellent cool off

next morning

campers stayed overnight